Thats the reality for Australian Antarctic Division seabird ecologist Dr Louise Emmerson, who is currently based at Australias Davis research station studying Adelie penguins
Rod Downie, head of polar programs at the World Wildlife Fund, UK, said the impact of losing thousands of chicks was dramatic for an otherwise hardy species such as Adelie penguins
The Antarctic is home to a great diversity of life: huge colonies of emperor and Adelie penguins
, the incredible colossal squid with eyes the size of basketballs that allow it to see in the depths, and the largest animal on the planet, the blue whale, which has veins large enough for a person to swim down.
A COLONY of more than 18,000 pairs of Adelie penguins
in Antarctica suffered a catastrophic breeding season with just two chicks surviving, experts have said.
Cloacal, fecal, and serum samples were collected from Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) and Adelie penguins
The Ross Sea, its shelf and slope only comprise two per cent of the Southern Ocean but they are home to 38 per cent of the world's Adelie penguins
, 30 per cent of the world's Antarctic petrels and around six per cent of the world's population of Antarctic minke whales.
New Zealand officials say that at different times, the area is home to about one-third of the world's Adelie penguins
and 26% of the world's emperor penguins.
Researchers said in Antarctic Science journal: "The arrival of B09B and subsequent fast ice expansion has dramatically increased the distance Adelie penguins
breeding at Cape Denison must travel in search of food.
The Adelie penguins
now have to trek 40 miles to the coast for fish.
Researchers tell Antarctic Science journal: "The arrival of iceberg B09B in Commonwealth Bay, East Antarctica, and subsequent fast ice expansion has dramatically increased the distance Adelie penguins
breeding at Cape Denison must travel in search for food.
Researchers Huabin Zhao of Wuhan University in China and Jianwen Li at BGI-Shenzhen in China combed through the genomes of Adelie penguins
and emperor penguins and found genes that are known to create salty and sour taste receptor proteins, but none for the other tastes.
I also started looking through lots of nature documentaries about Adelie penguins
, as my approach was that everything the penguin did would be based on behaviour from the wild (almost).